Obama says meeting set to review potential action on guns

HONOLULU -- U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss executive actions he could take to make it harder for "a dangerous few" to get their hands on guns.

See Full Article

Obama said on his weekly radio address that he gets so many letters from parents, teachers and children about the "epidemic of gun violence" that he can't "sit around and do nothing."

"The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defence of effortlessly available guns for anyone," Obama said. "The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defence of our kids."

Obama recently directed staff at the White House to look into potential executive actions, such as expanding background checks.

Currently, federally licensed firearms dealers are required to seek background checks on potential firearm purchasers. But advocacy groups say some of the people who sell firearms at gun shows are not federally licensed, increasing the chance of sales to customers prohibited by law from purchasing guns.

A source familiar with the administration's efforts said Obama is expected to take executive action next week that would set a "reasonable threshold" for when sellers have to seek a background check. That person didn't know whether it would be based on the number of guns sold or revenue generated through gun sales.

The source, a member of a gun control advocacy group, was not authorized to discuss details before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. White House officials won't confirm the timing.

Obama is in Hawaii for his annual holiday vacation with his family.

In his efforts to work around a Congress that has often been politically gridlocked, Obama has made aggressive use of executive power, particularly on immigration. It has been an increasingly effective and politically accepted presidential tool. And while legal scholars are divided on whether Obama has accelerated or merely continued a drift of power toward the executive branch, there's little debate that he's paved a path for his successor.

Depending on who succeeds him, many Obama backers could rue the day they cheered his "pen-and-phone" campaign to get past Republican opposition in Congress. The unilateral steps he took to raise environmental standards and ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally may serve as precedent for moves they won't cheer.

The National Rifle Association opposes expanded background check systems. The organization's Institute for Legislative Action says studies have shown that people sent to state prison because of gun crimes typically get guns through theft, the black market or family and friends.

Also, many purchases by criminals are made from straw purchasers who pass background checks. "No amount of background checks can stop these criminals," says the group's website.

Obama has consistently expressed frustration after mass shootings, saying it shouldn't be so easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.

Going into his final year in office, Obama said his New Year's resolution is to move forward on unfinished business.

"That's especially true for one piece of unfinished business, that's our epidemic of gun violence," Obama said in his weekly address.

He said a bipartisan bill from three years ago requiring background checks for virtually everyone had huge support, including among a majority of NRA households. But the Senate blocked it.

He said tens of thousands of Americans have since died as a result of gun violence.

"Each time, we're told that commonsense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, so we shouldn't do anything," he said. "We know that we can't stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one?"



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Licence revocation warranted after lawyer's mortgage fraud, Ontario court finds

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A lawyer involved in mortgage fraud deserved to be kicked out of the profession as the provincial regulator had originally decided, Ontario's top court ruled on Friday. In its decision, the Appeal Court said it could not understand why the disbarment penalty against John Abbott had been overturned in the first place. Source
  • Vancouver targets disposable cups, foam containers and bags

    Canada News CTV News
    City of Vancouver staff are preparing to present council with options to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, foam food packaging and take-out containers. The city has set a goal of producing "zero waste" by 2040. Source
  • Caught on camera: Road rage kickstarts fiery chain reaction crash

    World News CTV News
    A dispute on a southern California highway between a motorcyclist and the driver of a sedan led to a fiery crash and rollover that was all caught on video. The passenger of a car following behind recorded video on Wednesday, that shows the motorcyclist kick at the back driver’s side of the Nissan before the car sharply swerves into the motorcycle, appearing to make contact. Source
  • Mistrial declared again in fatal shooting committed by Cincinnati police officer

    World News CBC News
    A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist. Source
  • Oops! Nunavut, Parks Canada reveal secret map of Franklin shipwreck

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Secrecy has surrounded the discoveries of the doomed ships of the Franklin Expedition since they were found — HMS Erebus in 2014 and Terror in 2016. First, former prime minister Stephen Harper insisted on revealing the Erebus find personally in a controlled photo-op. Source
  • New Jersey woman's prized necklace found in trash plant

    World News Toronto Sun
    OXFORD, N.J. — A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her special necklace thanks to a group of hardworking sanitation workers. Samantha LaRochelle was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Phillipsburg on Saturday after falling unconscious, NJ.com reported. Source
  • 'Stock up, just in case,' says union leader as LCBO strike deadline looms

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers say they are planning to work around the clock to prevent a strike ahead of Canada Day, but the union president says consumers, bars and restaurants would be wise to stock up this weekend, just in case. Source
  • Ohio man stole more than 500 signs: Police

    World News Toronto Sun
    AVON LAKE, Ohio — An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers. John Hoelzl, of Avon Lake, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of receiving stolen property. Source
  • Ottawa seeks 'clarity' in court on tribunal findings on First Nations health

    Canada News CBC News
    The Liberal government says it is seeking "clarity" from the Federal Court on two aspects of a compliance order issued in May by a quasi-judicial human rights tribunal on the delivery of First Nations child health care. Source
  • 5 people die after being electrocuted at water park in Turkey

    World News CBC News
    Five people, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, died Friday after being electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey, according to local media reports. The three children were caught up in an electrical current in the pool in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Source